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Patrick O'Shea Continues Campaign after Son's Cocaine Arrest

Collin O'Shea was arrested for allegedly selling cocaine in Lombard on March 1.

Patrick O'Shea's campaign organizers are hoping voters will stay focused on his race for Circuit Court Judge rather than the recent news of his son's drug arrest.

On Thursday, March 1 around 9:30 p.m., 18-year-old Collin O'Shea was arrested in Lombard for allegedly selling narcotics to another individual, according to Paul Darrah, DuPage County State's Attorney communications manager. Campaign Coordinator and Addison Township Republicans Chairman Patrick Durante said Patrick "is going to continue on with his campaign." Durante would not comment further on the "personal" matter but said he hopes it will not affect the campaign.

Patrick O'Shea has served as a DuPage County board member for more than 20 years. He is now seeking office for Circuit Court Judge in DuPage County and is endorsed by DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin, among others, who were not available for comment on the recent news. 

According to the DuPage County Sheriff's Office, Collin was released from jail after posting 10 percent of the $75,000 bond Monday morning. As of Tuesday evening, records show a public defender as Collin's attorney of record. 

In a statement to the press, his father Patrick said he and family members were deeply saddened by his son's arrest. 

"My son's contact with the legal system will undoubtedly change his life and our lives forever. Now, I will have to do the hardest thing I've ever done—I will have to tell my young daughter about her brother."

Collin O'Shea has no prior criminal history in DuPage County and faces one count of manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine), a Class 1 Felony that is non-probational, according to Darrah, which means he could face four to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for allegedly selling more than one but less than 15 grams of cocaine.

Sean Johnders March 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Lisa, I agree with educating oneself to become an informed voter. I also don't disagree with anyone checking facts vs. claims and disseminating the information. If these claims are indeed proven to be fact, it makes me realize that as a citizen, we really don't know much about those we vote for. This helps me to vote for someone who was ranked very highly by his associates, Judge Brian McKillip.
I.P. Daley March 13, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I completely agree, John C. ... I mean, if you're committed to overpopulating the earth with a half-dozen children, the law of averages suggest that one or two of them are going to be lawbreaking a-holes. This is out of Paddy's control! NOT HIS FAULT!
Kurt Dorr March 19, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Anyone see Pat O'Shea's latest mailer? He has a bunch of people listed on it as endorsing him when in fact they are not. O'Shea will stop at no lie to get elected. For instance Pate Philip does NOT endorse O'Shea, never has and never will yet O'Shea list his name prominently as endorsing him. This guy has no shame. There are others on the mailed that DO NOT endorse him. How come O'Shea has to lie so much?
J. Burket March 19, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Who else was on the flier who did not endorse him? I was stunned at the amount of signs his peeps planted on DPC roadsides . . . on public property . . . most likely in violation. I don't know the guy, but seems as though he should have a Do Not Touch sign around his neck. Sorry to say that so close to St. Patrick's day, but I'd stay away from this guy.
Kurt Dorr October 16, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Pat O'shea is still claiming he has argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. The guy can't help himself.

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